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Happiness Is: Crickets, Compounds & Hungary

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A reader noted that last week Happiness had posted information about the wrong Formula One grand prix. I made the error and corrected the column as soon as I saw the response, but it says something about fans of motorsports. You could call it being keen-eyed and passionate. The focus here isnʻt to note a …

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Vettel Spoils Hamilton’s Party; Wins in Britain

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Sebastian Vettel dominated most of the British Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon at the Silverstone International Circuit, taking the lead from the start, along with one pit stop and two safety car periods, to claim victory over a recovering Lewis Hamilton, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing in third. Vettel took his 51st win of his career, …

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Max Verstappen Avoids Media Critics, Takes Friday Practice Sessions in Canada

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Max Verstappen silenced his critics following statements of head-butting anyone who criticized his driving by taking both Friday practice sessions in preparation for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The Dutchman set the best time of the day in the second session by 0.130 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi …

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Ferrari Unveils SF71-H Challenger for 2018 Formula 1 Season

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Scuderia Ferrari kicked off the 2018 Formula 1 season by revealing its new challenger, the SF71-H, Thursday (Feb. 22) at their headquarters in Maranello, Italy. The team is hoping for a recovery following its tough campaign against defenders Mercedes that saw the Italian organization lose its championship hold midway through last season. Both Sebastian Vettel …

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4 Burning Questions: Is Justin Marks a Lock for Road America Win?

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Is Justin Marks a Lock for Road America Win? Rain, a road course and a stock car. Now all you need is a set of rain tires and you’re set to go. Most of the time, when radars point to precipitation, they also point toward Justin Marks. Despite only one career top five to his …

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Slipstream Saturday: Monaco. What Else Needs Be Said.

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One of the axioms of modern Formula 1 racing is that engineers are the ones pulling all the levers and that the driver is, in many ways, a hindrance to their perfection.  In their labs, the collection of minds develop what they see as the best possible outcome from the resources they have – and …

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NASCAR 101: Open Wheel Drivers Who Made the Leap to NASCAR

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A report by Autoweek this week brought to light an intriguing rumor in the NASCAR world: Kimi Raikkonen, one-time Formula 1 champion, may be mulling a move to American stock car racing for 2017, departing from the open wheel racing series in which he has competed for what is now his 14th season. It’s all speculation and rumors …

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Formula 1 Follow-Up: Nico Rosberg’s Season-Ending Sweep and More

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This weekend’s grand prix in Abu Dhabi represented the culmination of the 19-race Formula 1 season. The strange ride has taken teams and fans around the world and came to a halt during the night race in the desert. Following the season-long trend, Mercedes locked out the front row for the 15th time and showed …

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Slipstream Saturday: Formula 1 Returns to Action

Nico Rosberg during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 21, 2015 in Spa, Belgium. (Credit: Getty Images)

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And we’re back.   Formula 1 returns from its self-imposed summer shutdown to emerge in Belgium. This respite in the calendar encourages everyone to take a moment and get away from the pressure cooker world of the sport. During this time the team factories are shut down and everyone scatters. Lewis Hamilton provided the headlines …

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Sebastian Vettel Wins 2015 Malaysia Grand Prix

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In just his second race since joining Ferrari, Sebastian Vettel earned a surprising win at the Malaysia Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton finished second with his teammate Nico Rosberg taking third. Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen had the drive of the race and crossed the line in fourth. Williams’s Valtteri Bottas earned the fifth spot upon his return from a back injury. …

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